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Lady Eve


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  Lady Eve Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
9.00 /10
 
Starring
Barbara Stanwyck , Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
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Directed by: Preston Sturges
Written by: Preston Sturges from Monckton Hoffe's story The Faithful Heart

 
 
 
Released: 1941
   
Genre: CRIME
ROMANCE
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 97
 
 


 

A con-woman (Barbara Stanwyck, pictured right) tries to lure a young millionaire scientist (Henry Fonda, pictured left) to his financial doom, but instead they fall in love.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of writer-director's best known (and best reviewed) comedies, this is a witty, hard-edged romance which mainly stands the test of time. Much of the comedy which arises from the central relationship is funny, and Stanwyck is irresistible; Sturges was right to insist that she be allowed to play the part, despite Paramount's preference for Madeleine Carroll or Paulette Goddard. The two things which let it down are a weakish ending, and the fact (though some critics would dispute this) that Henry Fonda is not really cut out to be a slapstick comedian; all his physical comedy routines look contrived and awkward. A classic comedy of its period, it was remade, not very well, as a musical, The Birds and the Bees (1956).

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